Inshore shrimp season to close Thursday morning

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close Thursday at

6 a.m.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries'

announcement Friday affects the remaining portions of Timbalier Bay,

Terrebonne

Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake where the season had been

extended, and from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward

to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.

Officials say data collected in recent weeks

by state biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and

percentage

of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision

to close this area was made in an effort to protect these

developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and

more marketable sizes.

Shrimping will remain open, until further

notice, in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and in part

of the Mississippi

Sound.

All remaining state outside waters, as well

as those portions of the Pontchartrain Basin will remain open to

shrimping until

further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to

recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater

Horizon oil disaster.